Early Franklin County Homesteads
Originally published in the Franklin County Historical Society Bulletin about 1950
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THE ARCHIBALD SMITH HOMESTEAD
The Archibald Smith homestead reflects an architectural pattern that was
popular in the 1840's.
This century old homestead is located at 6320 Kitzmiller Road,
about one mile east of New Albany in Plain Township. It was built
by Archibald Smith, architect-carpenter. in 1848 out of lumber
secured from timber from his own farm and sawed in his own
The home. a two-story frame, stands in a picturesque spot
on the right bank of Blacklick Creek. It is a building that reflects
much of our pioneer culture and is constructed on a pattern much
used in the 1840's. Four large fireplaces must have been sufficient
to keep the house warm. There is a large center hallway from which
a circular stairs leads to the second story. Mr. Smith must have
designed and built this stairway. A diary which he kept for many
years contains this interesting comment about the building of the
"In the year 1848 built our house. I sawed all the lumber
myself. Had it laid up two or three years. Had the stone and brick
on the ground also. I laid out all the work of the frame myself.
Had it inclosed before winter set in. (A very good job.) January
1849 we moved in our house. I worked on the inside of the house
all winter. I made most of the doors and all the cupboards and